Girls Active Northern Ireland launches new Awards

Girls who are ambassadors for physical activity will have the chance to celebrate their achievements in getting more of their peers active with the launch of the 2019 Girls Active Northern Ireland Awards.

These inaugural awards are an opportunity to celebrate the incredible impact girls are having through the YST Girls Active Northern Ireland programme in inspiring and engaging girls to get active and lead healthier and happier lives.

Girls Active is developed by the Youth Sport Trust, delivered in partnership with Women in Sport. In Northern Ireland it is funded through Sport Northern Ireland and Department for Communities and delivered in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. It involves girls in the design and delivery of PE and physical activity in secondary schools.

Nominations are now live and there are four categories:
  • Leader
  • Influencer
  • Personal Growth
  • Best GLAMS Group.

The awards are open to all secondary school girls who are involved in the YST Girls Active Northern Ireland programme. Each nominee must meet at least one of the category criteria to be in with a chance to win.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

We look forward to celebrating the launch and successes of this years’ young women through the Girls Active Awards in Northern Ireland. The Girls Active Awards are an important part of the journey for the girls through the programme, they allow them to reflect on and celebrate their own personal experiences and the impact of their work.

“Girls Active is as much about getting young people active as it is about harnessing young people’s talents and encouraging them to make a difference to others both in and through sport. Our research around barriers to girls participating in physical activity and sport tells us that one of the best ways to engage girls is through encouragement from their peers - and that is exactly what Girls Active is about.”

Prizes include sports equipment vouchers for nominees and their school, the ‘Best GLAMS Group’ will be rewarded with a YST athlete mentor visit and an activity day out at Craigavon Watersports Centre.

The Girls Active Northern Ireland Awards are separate to the Girls Active Awards which are run in England. Nominations close 12pm on Friday 17 May. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

For further information, and to submit a nomination, please contact

For more information about Girls Active Northern Ireland please click here.

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